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Mercado de San Miguel, Madrid – Exquisite and Classy

God created Sundays for Madrileños. He spent the first 6 days cultivating the vineyards and teaching the locals to craft sublime croquetas from heaven and chorizo bellota that dissolves on your taste buds. Then according to the law of the 7th day the people of Madrid were to stroll the streets enjoying the gifts of the previous 6 days labour. So every Sunday the people wander from bar to bar eating and drinking like the kings of their country, as they have done since the beginning.

These guys are all specialists in their field. Be it seafood, charcuterie or dulces, you can rest assured that your mouth will receive an education

The Mercado de San Miguel is a stopping point for many on their slow city tour and it’s easy to see why. Market traders offer a delectable array of cuisine from the stylish food stalls neatly packed in to the modern glass of the recently refurbished market.

These guys are all specialists in their field. Be it seafood, charcuterie or dulces, you can rest assured that your mouth will receive an education.  The market has been designed as a full gastronomic tribute to Spain. The drink of choice is vermouth from the tap; Madrid’s own signature beverage, best accompanied with tart green olives. Try it!

Curiously, the Spanish capital is the best place in the country for seafood. This is because all coastal produce goes straight from the sea to Madrid-bound delivery vans to feed hungry Madrileños with the freshest fish. There are a couple of great seafood bars in the market where you can sample it all alongside an uncomplicated white rioja or a beautiful cava. Chuck in some oysters to make it the best cure for any hangover.

If shellfish aren’t your thing, then the meat stands make up cute take-away paper cones of jamon Serrano off-cuts and mini chorizo sausages to munch on while you wander around. Really, really tasty – seriously.

Don’t leave without picking up a dulce de leche treat or handmade chocolate to wind up the feast before heading onto the next stop.

The market started in 1835 (initially open air until 1916) and only recently closed for its glamorous refurb. As a place to fully enjoy the essence of a good Sunday in Madrid it really is the perfect place to start.

SBT says dine on: Fresh oysters, a cone of mini chorizo.
SBT says wine on: Vermouth from the tap.

Come here if: If you’re on a gastro tour of Spain and want to nibble on loads of different treats
Don’t come here if: You’re on a budget, or would rather spend your weekend ticking off sights
When? Monday – Wednesday, Sunday: 1000 – 0000. Thursday – Saturday: 1000  – 0200 Where? Plaza de San Miguel, 28005 Madrid

Website: http://www.mercadodesanmiguel.es/ Phone: 915424936


 


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